For every major, interest, or talent there is a federal job opportunity. There are more than 2,000 different job categories within the federal government at 15 cabinet- level agencies, 20 large agencies, and 80 small agencies. There are more than 280 federal agencies. Contrary to what many people might assume, federal positions are NOT only for those in the greater Washington D.C. area. Great opportunities exist across the nation and across the world. Some background work can help you identify the government opportunity that fits you best.
According to the Partnership for Public Service, only nine percent of federal jobs are located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The rest are nationwide and beyond with about 50,000 federal positions located overseas.
Most federal agencies have regional offices located throughout the country requiring a host of talented and varied employees and employment opportunities. Nationally, the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service, Veterans Administration offices and hospitals, and postal facilities are just a few examples where you might obtain federal employment.
For those with a desire for adventure, The Department Of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the Department of Commerce, and the Center for Disease Control all present great opportunities to work overseas. All U.S. military branches hire civilian employees in a wide range of professional and support positions both at home and abroad. School teachers, foreign language teachers, and professional counselors are commonly in demand at foreign facilities.
The best place to begin your federal job search is on USAJOBs.gov, where you can peruse posted job opportunities based upon geographic location. You should also visit the websites for specific departments and agencies of interest to look for employment opportunities not listed on USAJOBs.gov.
For assistance, visit the Partnership for Public Service website for comprehensive information on how to find and apply for federal government jobs. Click here to listen to the their webinar, “Federal Jobs: In D.C. and Beyond” (password: gofedopps1415).
If you have any questions about future career events or how to access career services tools and resources, please contact your UMUC Career Services office at 240-684- 2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Martin is a career services advisor at University of Maryland University College where she has worked for more than five years. She holds a master’s in mental health counseling from Bowie State University. As a mid-life career changer, she feels uniquely qualified to assist adult students in transforming their lives and finding their place in the workforce.